Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Seeks Oral Histories of Park Resources

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Date: May 5, 2011

Do you have memories about what the Bighorn River was like before the Yellowtail Dam was constructed? Did you or someone you know work on the Yellowtail Dam? Did you know Eddy Hulbert or own some of his works? If so mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2011. University of Montana graduate student, Jonathan Hall will be at the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell, WY conducting interview with residents who have information and or stories to share regarding the following: 1) history of the Bighorn River and its inhabitants before construction of the dam; 2) building of the Yellowtail Dam; and 3) the life and work of Eddy Hulbert.  If you feel you may have information to share regarding these topics please plan on visiting with Mr. Hall between the hours of 9 -5 p.m.

If you wish to schedule a specific time to conduct an interview with Jonathan Hall please contact the park's coordinator for this project, Cindy Norum at 307-548-5409. This project is in continuation of the River Before the Dam film showing that occurred at the Hyart Theater in March of 2011. The goal of this project, Bighorn Canyon History: The River Before the Dam, is to form a more complete collection of the history of the area and it's residents.

For residents living outside the Lovell area interviews will also be conducted in Hardin, MT June 4 & 5, 2011 and July 23 & 24, 2011 – the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the construction of the Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith, MT.

For information concerning Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Bighorn Lake, or help planning a visit, visitors may contact the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406, the Fort Smith Contact Station at 406-666-2452, or visit our website at

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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